Tim Malroy is coming home again.
The Olympia native, who began his head coaching career at South Puget Sound Community College, is back in South Sound after a decade, this time as the new men’s basketball coach at The Evergreen State College.
Malroy, 46, replaces Arvin Mosley, who resigned in March after four seasons.
Malroy spent the past 10 seasons as the men’s coach at Green River Community College in Auburn. Combined with his three seasons coaching the SPSCC women (2001-04), he has a 144-173 record over 13 seasons as a head coach.
Malroy called the move to Evergreen a great one professionally and personally. A 1985 Olympia High School graduate, he said parts of his extended family still live in the region.
“I’m really excited to come home,” Malroy said.
This is Malroy’s first head coaching job at a four-year institution. He was an assistant with the Western Washington men’s team in the late 1990s.
While the Geoducks haven’t had a winning season since then-coach Jeff Drinkwine led them to the NAIA Division II tournament in 2010, Malroy said winning is only part of his overall philosophy of success.
“It’s important to me to be competitive,” he said. “We need to be competitive every year and make our last game count, whatever that last game is. You do that enough times, and hopefully you have that breakout year and get some banners.”
The Geoducks went 4-21 overall and 3-15 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference last season. They return a handful of players, including starters Dre Taylor (14.8 points per game) and Frankie Johnson (8.8 points, 4.6 assists per game).
Malroy said he plans to move to the Olympia area with his wife, Heather, and their two children, 8-year-old son David and 5-year-old daughter Kyla, from their Black Diamond home during the coming weeks, then immediately jump on the recruiting trail.
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